Information Technology (IT)

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A Call to Action For IT Leaders

Kris van Riper and Lon Zanetta | Nextgov | March 4, 2014

Following the failed launch of HealthCare.gov, President Obama stated, "The way the federal government does procurement and does IT is just generally not very efficient. In fact, there's probably no bigger gap between the private sector and the public sector than IT." Read More »

A Deadly Equation Of Acronyms: NHS+IT=FUBAR

Nicholas H.Tollervey | ntoll.org | September 28, 2012

I've recently had the pleasure of taking part in two hacker events organised within the context of healthcare and, specifically, the UK's National Health Service.[...] To be clear (and more seriously), I am using the term "hacker" in the way it is used within Information Technology circles: a hacker is a person with a passion for exploring and solving problems through writing and sharing software. Read More »

A Dubious Diagnosis: Will New Yorkers Really Be Able To See Their Health History Online?

Katie Drummond | The Verge | May 1, 2013

The 19.5 million residents of New York State will soon have access to heaps of their own health data — the results of every blood test, the details on every prescription — courtesy of a groundbreaking web portal that'll make obtaining medical records as easy as online banking. Read More »

A Grant For Northern Aid

Staffwriter | Indigo Trust | June 12, 2013

Working with their partner, Christian Aid, Kenyan NGO Northern Aid will soon be trialling an innovative water payment system in north eastern Kenya. Read More »

A Tale Of Two IT Procurements

David Blumenthal | The Health Care Blog | November 24, 2013

Recently, the President of the United States, the most powerful person on earth, the man whose finger rests on the nuclear button, struck a bold blow for . . . procurement reform? Read More »

A Year Of The Linux Desktop

Stuart Jarvis | KDE.org | July 4, 2013

Around a year ago, a school in the southeast of England, Westcliff High School for Girls Academy (WHSG), began switching its student-facing computers to Linux, with KDE providing the desktop software. The school's Network Manager, Malcolm Moore, contacted us at the time. Now, a year on, he got in touch again to let us know how he and the students find life in a world without Windows. [...] Read More »

Accenture Scoops Up HIT Contractor To DoD And VA

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | August 2, 2013

Accenture Federal Services (AFS) announced Wednesday that it will acquire ASM Research, Inc., a provider of information technology and services to U.S. defense and federal health clients. Read More »

Advocacy Groups Support EC Guide Against IT Vendor Lock-In

Gijs Hillenius | European Commission (EC) | June 26, 2013

European groups advocating public administration's use of free and open source software and open standards are welcoming the 'Guide for the procurement of standards-based ICT', published by the European Commission this week Tuesday. Read More »

Affinity RNs Call For Halt To Flawed Electronic Medical Records System Scheduled To Go Live Friday

Press Release | National Nurses United | June 18, 2013

Affinity Medical Center RNs in Massillon, Ohio are calling on hospital officials to delay the planned June 21 implementation of the Cerner electronic medical records (EMR) system, until the hospital bargains with the nurses and proceeds in a safe manner. The direct-care RNs, represented by the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) in Ohio, an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU), say that nurses, the primary users of the complex system, have had insufficient training, which will put patients at risk. Read More »

Agencies Aren't Honest About Tech Spending And Risks, Auditor Says

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | June 11, 2013

Better information technology management could save taxpayers $10 billion within five years, the government's top technology auditor told lawmakers Tuesday. But getting there will require agencies to be more open about what they're spending on IT and what they're actually getting for that investment. Read More »

Agencies Initiate IT Cut-And-Invest Strategy

Jason Miller | Federal News Radio | October 29, 2012

The Office of Management and Budget got its first glimpse into whether agencies would be able to cut 10 percent of their IT budgets, and how they would like to reinvest at least 5 percent of it in fiscal 2014. Read More »

Aid Workers Turn To Text Messaging To Improve Food Aid Delivery To Refugees In The Western Sahara

Rosa Akbari and Ken Banks | National Geographic | June 26, 2013

Communication between beneficiaries and food aid providers in the Western Sahara refugee camps in Algeria suffers as the number of food distribution points increases. Read More »

Alaska Native Firm Played Role In Failed Medical Review Board Software Project

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | December 19, 2012

Work on a botched program to develop software for the Defense Medical Examination Review Board was performed by an Alaska native company, said Steven Davis, a spokesman for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. Read More »

All Eyes On Jeff Zients, Healthcare.gov's ER Surgeon

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | October 23, 2013

To lead a sort of tech worker surge and software code purge for Healthcare.gov, the Obama Administration has brought in a turnaround guy, Jeffrey Zients. Read More »

An Interview With Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel On The Future Of Computing

Matt McLaughlin and Jimmy Daly | Fedtech | April 22, 2013

As the second federal CIO, Steven VanRoekel inherited an ambitious agenda from his predecessor, Vivek Kundra, including efforts to implement cloud computing and to consolidate the number of federal data centers, among other priorities laid out in 2010’s 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT. Read More »